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At the Dine on Time Exhibit at the Museum of Surrey

5 Reasons to Visit Museum of Surrey in Cloverdale

Have you had a chance to visit the Museum of Surrey yet? My son and I love to visit and explore all the different galleries. There have been so many changes since it reopened a few years ago – and in that time, many exciting feature exhibits, events and programs for all ages.

Here is one of our most recent adventures when we visited Museum of Surrey in beautiful Cloverdale, located at 17710 56A Ave. BTW, I’ll be referring to my son as LM in my posts!

Museum of Surrey – Top Five Reasons to Visit

1 – Free admission! You might see from many of my posts, I am pretty dang cheap. Ha ha! Growing up in a refugee family, money was tight, so I love a good deal. Parking is free too.

2 – Local. Living in Langley, I love when I find cool things to do close to home. Packing up a kid for a trip to Vancouver, while doable, is way more work then staying close to home. No need to bring (too many) snacks and activities for a long car ride. 

Upstairs at the Museum of Surrey
Museum of Surrey’s Show Community Treasures exhibits are an opportunity for community groups and cultural organizations from all over Surrey to showcase their treasures and share their stories with a wider audience. On June 2, Surrey’s Heritage Rail will showcase their exhibit celebrating the 20th anniversary of the volunteer-run Fraser Valley Heritage Rail Society.

3 – Scavenger hunt and a prize. LM loved finding all the things on the scavenger hunt. We couldn’t find one of the things, so a very friendly staff member pointed us in the right direction (without giving away the exact location, so we could still totally take the credit for finding it). LM even got a prize when he went back to the reception desk with his completed sheet.

Museum of Surrey’s Indigenous Hall is a first of its kind–a space of gathering, storytelling and exhibition that is voiced completely by the communities it represents–Katzie First Nation, Kwantlen First Nation and Semiahmoo First Nation, Surrey’s three land-based Nations. The Indigenous Hall will evolve and change as relationships grow and strengthen.

4 – Educational exhibits. Right now, there is a big feature exhibit on earthquakes, a topic LM is super interested in, a beautifully done exhibit on Semiahmoo First Nation by Semiahmoo First Nation, a fun exhibit on Surrey’s famous magician, Mandrake, and the permanent Surrey Stories Gallery. Phew! Lots to see and learn.

5 – Take-home craft – LM got a little brown paper bag with a neat craft that we did when we got home. Paired up with the fun craft kit we picked up at the Cloverdale Library, nicely situated right beside the museum, we had activities to keep us busy for the rest of the afternoon at home.

I know I said top-five, but I have to add one more… COVID safe! The staff kept the building nice and clean, and with masks mandatory during our visit, we felt totally safe. I saw people walking around cleaning while we were there, which was great. Hand sanitizer was available all throughout the museum, which is great when your kid touches everything they see.

For more information to or to pre-register for your visit, go to www.surrey.ca/museum.

Museum of Surrey

Phone: 604-592-6956
Email: museum@surrey.ca

Thanks for reading. Hope to see you at the museum. I would also love any suggestions of your favourite places to go and things to do with your family. Also, make sure to check out my recent post – Top 5 Reasons to Visit the Canadian Museum of Flight. Happy adventures!

Hi! Nice to meet you. I’m Sandra, a Langley mom to my six-year-old Little Man (LM). We love to explore our beautiful part of the world. There is so much to see and do! My Instagram account, @ParenthoodSouthoftheFraser, follows our adventures. I also share some of my favorite books – I think books are such a great way to have big, important conversations. My IG account probably doesn’t look like the other ones out there – no filters or fancy photos, just real life. This is mostly because, well, I’m too lazy for all that! I’m not very fancy in real life so I’m not going to be fancy on IG. I just want to share our fun, plain and simple.

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